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The Immortality Virus

The Immortality Virus

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by Christine Amsden

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The Immortality Virus was the Winner in the category of Speculative Fiction SF in the 2011 Global eBook Awards and also a Winner in the Science Fiction category for the 2012 EPIC eBook Awards.

In the mid-21st century, the human race stopped aging. Those who know why aren't talking, and the few who are brave enough to ask questions tend to disappear. To an


The Immortality Virus was the Winner in the category of Speculative Fiction SF in the 2011 Global eBook Awards and also a Winner in the Science Fiction category for the 2012 EPIC eBook Awards.

In the mid-21st century, the human race stopped aging. Those who know why aren't talking, and the few who are brave enough to ask questions tend to disappear. To an elite few, The Change means long life and health, but to the increasing masses, it means starvation, desperation, and violence.

Four centuries after The Change, Grace Harper, a blacklisted P.I., sets off on a mission to find the man responsible for it all and solicit his help to undo The Change - if he's still alive. To complicate matters, Grace's employer is suspected of murdering his father, and when the police learn of their connection, they give her a choice - help them find the evidence they need to convict Matthew Stanton, or die. But if they discover Grace's true mission, they won't hesitate to kill her in order to protect their shot at immortality.

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"What is the greatest fear of the human race? Death. Its greatest dream? Immortality. But what if humanity's fondest wish came true? Would it be heaven on earth, or... something less pleasant? In The Immortality Virus, Christine Amsden explores that very concept, in a riveting kind of futuristic, hard-boiled Maltese-Falcon-noir sort of way. And we find out - immortality isn't all it's cracked up to be..."

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Christine Amsden has been writing for as long as she can remember, and always with an element of the strange or speculative. She believes we can learn a lot about ourselves when we see what real people do in extraordinary situations. Christine is a native of St. Louis who now lives in the Kansas City area with her husband and two children.

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The Immortality Virus 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
JillyBeans40 More than 1 year ago
I hate the cover, but it was suggested by a friend. I found the writer to be talented. The story was well written, and I always enjoy a new indie read. I thought at times the story could have focused on the society around the characters, and was un-interested at times in the main character's story. But still a good read, and for being an indie book, I'd give it five stars except for two things. 1. the cover 2. the price
HobbesEnd More than 1 year ago
I received an advance copy from the writer. I had never heard of this author, nor read her work. It's the future, and the world is in chaos. Four hundred years ago, humans stopped aging. Few knew why, and the Change cast the world into despair. Now, the powerful elite, The Establishment, rule the world. And a bleak society it is. Food is limited. Jobs are limited. Homelessness and slavery are the norm as people struggle to get by. I love dystopian novels. The Immortality Virus was a wonderful read. I loved the beginning, where the author set up a bleak world. People fighting over food. Death and mayhem exist everywhere, and people don't seem to care. As is typical in dystopian-and what causes me to love it-is people's acceptance of such a bleak life. A life where collective thought has brought humanity to its end. The author's writing is engaging. Dialogue is solid, and the story moves quickly. I felt there were a few slow moments, but nothing distracting. My only complaint is the book cover. There were times I felt I wanted to know the characters better, but again, nothing distracting. Overall, The Immorality Virus is a wonderful book. The author has talent, and I will read more of her work.
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FireStarBooks More than 1 year ago
Like a lot of you know, I am a sci-fi fan (not as big as my sister but still a fan). The premise of The Immortality Virus really got it. It seemed action packed with mystery entailed in it. The book did deliver. I have to mention how I am not a fan of the cover. It looks...very unprofessional. I mean I had seen worse but I really wish the book can get a better cover. The world created in The Immortality Virus kind of reminded me of Gotham City, dark, gloomy and dangerous. The poor suffered the rich enjoyed. Trust me, the world in the book is not a place you want to live. Okay I love books set in the future because I just LOVE reading about the technologies. #GeekForLife. I can just drool over the amazing high tech awesomeness. The action was so intense and heart bounding that I wouldn't breath at times when I read the book. There were twists and turns that just blew my mind. Furthermore, Christine added splashes of romance within the novel and it was delightful. Too bad there were parts where it was a little slow for me. Okay, I kind of knew I was going to get confused (by a little) when I read the Goodreads synopsis (yes I got confused reading the synopsis #fail). Yes indeed I got lost a few things during the reading. The plot seemed complex to me then and it was when I read it. Grace didn't have the most simple life. Grace kind of reminded me of Kiera from Continuum. I totally pictured Kiera the whole time. Grace was kind and could kick butt. She was definitely something. Unlike Kiera, Grace was sassy with awesome comebacks and humour. Man if I was her, I would be eeeeppiiiccc! I loved Alex and Meg too. Meg was someone not "strong" like Grace but she was super kind and strong in her own way. I don't want to spoil the ending but it did remind me of Triggers by Robert J Sawyer's ending. Overall, I enjoyed the fast paced of the book hinted with romance and packed with mystery and twists. I do recommend this to sci-fi and dystopian readers.
Danielle_C_Smiley More than 1 year ago
Genre: Sci-Fi/Dystopian Thriller My Review: Have you ever pondered if society's dream of eternal youth was achieved? Ever considered the consequences? The overpopulation? The rich and powerful having an endless supply of days to become more so? This is the setting of this amazing thriller. Christine Amsden builds an incredibly interesting and quite frightening world. Without getting overly philosophical or boringly deep, Amsden tosses her reader head first into a world out of control where people had mysteriously stopped aging for the past 400 hundred years. This world is literally brimming over with people, both the powerfully rich and the starving enslaved, all with their own agendas. Enter our heroine who only wants to make a difference. She's been beat down both in love and in ideals. She's tough and wary from living in this bleak dystopian society. Between the proverbial rock and hard place, she takes an assignment that might make a difference or might get her killed. This is very much a thriller complete with nail biting suspense and plot twists and turns. Poor Grace doesn't know who she can trust and she's pretty justified in her wariness. There's a smidgen of romance throughout the book which fits perfectly with all the other mysteries that abound. I so enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. My only complaint is that the characters weren't quite what I'd consider to be well-rounded. I liked them all and really cheered for Grace throughout, but never connected with her or any of the other characters in a way I would with one written with great dimension. Regardless of this one complaint, I highly recommend The Immortality Virus for those seeking some high-intensity thrills! Cover Art: I can't say I'm a big fan of this book cover. It's just too CGI for me and I fear it hurts the book more than helps. Truthfully, the cover made me leery of reading this outstanding book and I would've missed out on a great story. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*
BLHmistress More than 1 year ago
The premise is one reason I decided to sign up for this tour, for me it was really unique. And I am glad I did. I have read so many books where we had immortals but never where, humans just stop aging. After reading this, I'm not sure I would would want to live forever, at least not in this world. I enjoyed everything about this book, from the characters to the storyline. This book left me guessing, what was going to happen, how was this going to end? I honestly couldn't figure out how it was going to end. I love that! I do have to say while I loved Grace, I didn't so much with Sam. There just was something about him I didn't like and I can't say much more without giving anything away. I highly recommend this book to all Sci Fi, Dystopian lovers out there.
Abigail_AnnAA More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced speculative fiction with a hint of detective sprinkled in. The Immortality Virus is full of well-rounded, intense characters who almost jump off the page. Its hard not to get hooked by the drama and intrigue, as you hurtle your way through this familiar and yet shakingly different future world. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author! *Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*
MissBethBC More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome action adventure, sci-fi, mystery thriller read. My breath was held in spots; I felt the pain of the heroine, Grace Harper. She was definitely someone I could relate to. Not rich, but not the bottom of society's crop either. Rather cynical about why people would continue to bring children into this world that no longer aged and died by natural means. Food was scarce for the growing throng of people and was fed by nutribars. Real food was at a premium and work was scarce. Grace had been blacklisted by the establishment when she killed a cop attempting to commit a rape. Blacklisted and out of work, her captain did give her a card that helped her get established as a Private Investigator. Grace was prepared to have no children. She didn't believe in God. She did not believe in love, although she had spent fifty of her 130 years with Sam. She believed the old way was the best, let nature take the aged when it was their time. Living forever appeared to have it's disadvantages. However, she kept that last bit to herself. You didn't want to get labelled for believing that way. She is hired by Matt Stanton at Medicorp. He wanted her to bring in Jordan Lacklin, who invented the immortality virus. Matt claimed Jordan could prove his innocence in the claim Matt had killed his father. Now like me, anything that could go wrong for our heroine did. The first thing is encountering her Ex, Sam as he is Matt's right arm man. The second is being sentenced to farm work once, she contacts Jordan's grandchildren, Alexander, Margaret, and Carl Lacklin. She is tortured. She eventually finds out, information has been withheld from her, she encounters the Sewer Rats and things get foul real quick and there is positively no one to trust except possibly, Alexander and Meg. Grace's search for Jordan challenged every belief and non belief she possessed. Characters were very well developed and the pace of the story was captivating! I think the world the author created is one in which no one would ever want to live in...hope that stays between the pages of the book! If you want action, it's here! Want adventure? Take it at your own risk! Want sci-fi? It's right here. Mystery thriller...oh yeah! A touch of romance? Just a bit. The ending is satisfactory. This could be a stand alone read or could go into a series? who knows. But the ending doesn't not leave you hanging. Thank you Christine! I loved your story and especially the heroine Grace! A Very satisfying read.
KimmiesBookshelf More than 1 year ago
The Immortality Virus is not a book I would usually read, but I was in the mood for something different so I thought I would give this book a shot and I have to say I'm really glad I did. This book was intense! It was fast paced, action packed, and full of twist and turns. I never knew what was going to happen next! The main character Grace was either hiding from someone trying to kill her or was being chased by someone trying to get her. That poor woman went through hell in this book. Overall, I thought The Immortality Virus was a great mixture of science fiction and dystopian. If your looking for an exciting read you should definitely check this book out!
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
The Immortality Virus is a well written, solid, thought out plot with tons of action, twists and turns. Christine Amsden pens her characters strong and believable in this sci-fi murder mystery. I found myself totally captivated by the authors writing and had a really hard time putting this down. I must read for all sci-if, dystopian fans. This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
dreamer2229 More than 1 year ago
Imagine a life where there is no Alzheimer’s, Dementia, or other illnesses connected to aging because no-one ages. That’s right, a virus made it so that no-one aged. You could still be killed, have an accident and die, or do some other stupid thing to die, but dying of old age didn’t happen. This idea reminds me a little of “Tuck Everlasting” where one family lives forever, but in this book it’s everyone. Personally I’m not sure I would like that, but it sure makes an interesting story. You have to read this book. It has angst; tension; humor; romance; questions about slavery, genetic manipulation, and the right to live or die; and adventure. I give this book 4 out of 5 clouds. This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.
THESELF-TAUGHTCOOK More than 1 year ago
It's the year 2450, and old age has been eradicated. Grace Harper has been hired by Matthew Stanton to find Jordan Lacklin, the scientist responsible for stopping the aging process. But four hundred years of near-immortality has caused a population overload. Finding one man in a world of wall-to-wall people could be impossible. Her ex-lover Sam works for Mr. Stanton and wants to help Grace with her task, but Grace doesn't know if she wants Sam's involvement in her life again. Christine Amsden has written an interesting science fiction novel set in the distant future. The idea of a time when the aging process will be stopped is not so hard to imagine. Mankind has always been fascinated with immortality, so it is not unreasonable to think that scientists somewhere, someday will try to find the key to ending the aging process. This novel definitely has something going for it, because I don't usually enjoy science fiction. To be truthful, it was an accident on my part that I signed up for the review. When I realized the genre, I worried that I would not be able to give an honest review since I'm not really that familiar with sci-fi. However, the plot was good and held my interest so that when I finished the novel, I was sorry to see the end. The characters were well-drawn, so that the reader feels a personal connection. This is one of the most important characteristics of good writing, in my opinion. Definitely a 4-star novel.
RexTheTex More than 1 year ago
Not great, but good. There were times the story drug on. I hoped the society would be explained in more depth, but instead it followed the actions of the main character, which was entertaining. I didn't love the ending, but I'd suggest this. I also felt the book price was a bit high for an unknown author, and probably wouldn't pay that price for a paperback (thank God for my Nook). I'll read more of Christine Amsden's work.
TheSandman36 More than 1 year ago
I read a good number of indie authors and small press authors. Never heard of the author before, but she did a fine job. Fun story, set in the future where the population is overbearing to society. I would have enjoyed some more detail in the world she created, and could have been more in depth. I thought the beginning of the book was better than the end, but all in all it was a great read and i'd suggest it (and have). I'll read more of the author's work. She needs a new cover designer though.
Bridget_Jones More than 1 year ago
When I'm picking a book to read, sci-fi is definitely very low on the list of contenders, but sometimes I like to mix it up. So when the opportunity to review The Immortality Virus came, I took it. This being said, I was so surprised that I actually really enjoyed reading this book! The whole idea that it was 400 years into the future and people stopped aging around the age of 25 was put together in an engaging and entertaining book. The storyline reminded me of the movie iRobot or I am Legend (basically any futuristic Will Smith movie...), but instead with a kick-butt female main character. Grace was such a fun character to read about and I loved how she was so strong and fearless yet she still had insecurities when it came to her heart. This book was mainly sci-fi, but I loved the little added romance that didn't take over the main plot of the book. Even with a little romance, there was always something different happening in each chapter and plenty of action to keep the story interesting. The author did an awesome job of creating our world 400 years in the future and the consequences to actions we know people were bound to take. Tons of people think it would be awesome to be able to be able to live forever, but this book shows that everyone living forever is not as ideal as it seems. I loved every second of this futuristic book and it constantly kept me on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what would happen next. I hope there's a sequel because I know that this is definitely not the last sci-fi book that I'm going to read!
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
The Immortality Virus is set in the mid-21st century, in a a world far different than that which we know today. Centuries ago, a virus was found that stopped the aging process in humans. Life and society has changed drastically since The Change. Life has largely become a "everyone for themselves" fight for survival. Starvation and slavery have become everyday concerns for most of the population because of the ever increasing number of people. Centuries after the change began, blacklisted PI Grace Harper is hired to find the man who is responsible for the virus that created The Change. Within hours, she is also recruited by the police department to investigate the man that had just hired her. Caught between the two opposing parties, Grace has a choice,... between finding a way to fulfill both requests or to die. Science fiction and dystopian fiction never used to be among my favorite genres, but the more I read of it, the more I enjoy it. This book is a true example of one to enjoy. The plot, while complicated at times, was absolutely engrossing. There were a lot of twists and turns, and far more than two single sides fighting one another. At any given time, Grace had several factions after her. Yes, there were times when that got a bit confusing with so many different "enemies" involved. But I think the confusion for the reader was deliberate as it completely reflected Grace's own confusion. That confusion is also what kept me completely into the story, always wanting to know what was really going on. I just couldn't put it down! The world the author created, with bits of my own reality mixed in, was an entirely believablepossible future. I like dystopian fiction that makes me question things and this definately made me question a lot of things. Seeing the world and society in this book, would I really want to live forever? The lack of humanity in the dystopian world was horrifying and very sad. It was almost a question of whether there had been too much technology and not enough humanity involved in advances that would drastically change the world as we know it. The scrabbling, fight of survival existence that went on in the book was an exaggeration of some of the outer fringes of our own society today and that made the world of the book that much more believable. All in all, I felt like it was a brilliant book!
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AAR More than 1 year ago
RATING:4.5)THE IMMORTALITY VIRUS by Christine Amsden is an interesting Sci-fi set in the year 2050. The plot is intriguing,fast paced,and action packed. The characters will keep you guessing,engaging,and interesting. This is a story full of science fiction,adventure,action,danger,romance,chaos,violence,and mystery. With "The Change" comes chaos,violence,desperation,starvation,and a shot at immortality. When Grace Harper,who has been blacklisted as a P.I.,she is hired by Matthew Stanton,the CEO of Medicorp, to locate a scientist,Jordan Lacklin,who once worked for Medicorp.They seem to want him to reverse the effects of the "Immortality Virus" or so they say. She agrees.This story is a roller coaster ride with twists and turns that leads to a bone chilling and unexpected conclusion.This story will appear to any and all sci-fi,adventure,and action readers. A very unique and great read. This book was received for the purpose of review from the author and details can be found at Twilight Times Books and My Book Addiction and More.
LivingPeacefully More than 1 year ago
Don't let the cover of Christine Amsden's new book, The Immortality Virus, scare you off. Inside is a dark dystopian science fiction novel with merit on many levels. The beginning dragged a bit, and while normally I would find the frequent references in that section to specific geographical locations annoying, those familiar with the Kansas City area will chuckle just a bit at references to various neighborhoods. In a world where people no longer age, money rules everything as the masses starve and many seek voluntary slavery in order to survive. Grace, an idealist ex-cop and blacklisted private detective finds herself at the center of a plot from many angles. If she has the courage to fight, she just might make a difference and help reverse the damage caused by the virus unleashed upon the masses. Disclaimer: A copy of the book was provided by the author.
MayrasSecretBookcase More than 1 year ago
Christine Amsden's second novel, The Immortality Virus, raises an intriguing question: Is it really all that wonderful to find the secret of immortality and live forever? It's the 21st century and the world is being ruled by The Establishment, a totalitarian government made of an elite few. People don't age anymore. As a result, overpopulation has created poverty, hunger, violence, and chaos. People don't even have empathy for their fellow human beings anymore and cruelty and murder abound. Only the elite few can afford to eat normal food; the rest feed on suspicious, high-protein nutri-bars believed to be made up of human flesh. At the beginning of the story, our feisty 130-year old PI protagonist, Grace Harper, is hired to complete a mission: she must discover the whereabouts of Jordan Lacklin, the scientist responsible for the 'virus' that started The Change about 400 years ago while working on the cure for Alzheimer's. The secret mission puts Grace's life in danger. On one side, there are those who want to undo The Change to improve the quality of life and the world; on the other side, there are those who want to keep living forever because they have the means to live in luxury. and they'll go to extremes to make sure Grace doesn't complete her mission. The Immortality Virus is an entertaining, dystopian/science fiction novel with an interesting premise. Grace Harper is a sympathetic, kick-ass heroine: strong, spirited and opinionated. She also has a kind heart that stands out in the cruel society she inhabits. I personally loved her witty comebacks and quirky sense of humor. Although the story gets a bit slow somewhere around the middle, Amsden offers enough action, twists and turns to keep most readers turning the pages. The dialogue is crisp and natural and helps to keep the pace moving. Amsden uses a lot of dialogue and action scenes, and keeps description and narration at a minimum. She also throws in a bit of romance for good measure. I also enjoyed the way she depicts the future, presenting us with a grim and realistic glimpse of what society could become as a result of greed and medical technology. If you love dystopian novels with strong heroines and you're attracted to the subject of immortality, I recommend you give this one a try.
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Heavensent1 More than 1 year ago
The Immortality Virus is a science fiction tale set in a totalitarian world. It's the future and people don't age as they did before, the only things truly that would hinder a person would be murder, suicide or disease. The streets are packed with people who have no jobs, no homes and no future. When the morality rate always increasing, tensions in The Establishment begin to rise and new and drastic measures are enacted to ensure the populace doesn't reach maximum capacity and every day threatens to do just that. Grace Harper is a 130 year old, pro-death, black-listed Private Investigator hired to find the man who created the immortality virus and she has no clues in which to go on. Her success rate is 50-50 and the only thing she has is a diary written over 400 years ago. Deciding to track down his surviving children and grand-children, Grace begins to unravel the mysteries involved with why people don't age and finds herself one step closer to finding Jordan Lacklin. Jordan Lacklin is a brilliant scientist who was trying to create a cure for Alzheimers Disease in which his wife of 50 years, Margaret, was suffering from. Trying to race against the clock as his two sons, Ethan and Kevin, want to pull the plug on their mother's life support system with a court injunction, Jordan can feel he hasn't much time, after going on a shooting spree in which he allegedly kills all his fellow co-workers, save one, he is never heard from again. He was 76 at the time of "The Change" and is referred to as an "old-timer"...those who were already old when the virus spread and forever captured them in that state of "decay". After heading out of town to follow a lead, something Grace has never done, she is kidnapped and placed on a Farm, a place rumored to turn people into nutri-bars, the number one food staple providing all of their vitamins and protein; only the rich and the elite can afford to eat real food. The Farm is run by the Coopers, old Mr. Cooper appears to be a decent sort, and gives his slaves proper treatment, unlike most other Farms were the slaves weren't even considered people any longer. Alexander Lacklin works at the Farm as a scientist and befriends Grace when she arrives. However, before they can learn from each other about Alex's grandfather, lasers fly and Grace is now a prisoner on the Farm. Not knowing who to trust or where to turn, Grace must keep her wits about her if she is going to survive. I really enjoyed this book and I'm hoping there is a sequel coming because there were many questions not answered in the book and that would be a let down to not have those integral parts of the plot summed up. I quite enjoyed all the characters in the story, they were believable and did not stray off their original content. Author Christine Amsden really knows how to write to keep her reader interested and interacted with the story. I thought the idea of the immortals to be a novel approach and honestly, my imagination of picturing all those thousands of people standing in the park in the middle of January trying to keep warm while they hope The Establishment drops nutribars on their heads from helicopters was quite vivid. I had never thought of a population explosion in such a way before and it was rather disturbing! I was disturbed by the lack of care that these futuristic inhabitants emulated, the empathy in humanity was removed, as people just trying to eat or get war
AubrieNH More than 1 year ago
Who wouldn't want to live forever? Grace is a black-listed private eye in a community where the inhabitants don't age. You'd think it would be a paradise, but instead, the world has turned to hell. There isn't enough room for all the people, and jobs and living quarters are scarce. People eat strange processed food, and there's even a neat reference to the "Soylent Green" movie with Charleton Heston. People fend for themselves in slums, or give up their lives to become "slaves" in the country. Grace has a small apartment and food, but she needs money to continue her safe lifestyle. The richest man in the city has contacted her. He thinks he has the answer to why people stopped aging, and it's up to her to find the man behind it. She must reunite with a lost love to finish the job. The Immortality Virus is well thought out sci fi with a great premise and a murder mystery at its core. The word building is strong, and the characters are three dimensional people with long past histories, which makes them complicated and fun to read about. The hordes of people reminded me of zombies at times, and it was interesting to see how society could turn bad from what you'd think would be a good thing. Death is a natural part of life. Without it, there's no room for the next generation to be born.
ToReadPerchancetoDream More than 1 year ago
Imagine a world where noone died, at least not from aging or related diseases. Populations explode, food and housing is scarce, everything is exorbitantly expensive. You can't walk down the street in the city without being hemmed in by other people, pushed right up against them. Hundreds of thousands of people live on the streets, in parks, scrambling for survival. This is the world Christine Amsden presents us in The Immortality Virus. Everyone looks like they are 25, except for those who were already older when everyone stopped aging. Enter Grace Harper, private investigator, fired from the police, blacklisted from any government related contracts. She is hired to try to find the man thought to be responsible and try to get his help to reverse the anti-aging effect. Of course, the "Establishment" doesn't want this to happen, so they try to stop her. Then the fun begins. I really enjoyed this book. It flowed well and kept my attention. It was a well written, thought-out storyline with lots of action to keep everything moving forward. Grace Harper is a strong character with a wonderfully sarcastic wit who prefers working alone to get the job done. Ms. Amsden takes this strength and starts bending it as we see Grace gradually learning to trust others and realizing it's not a weakness to accept help. It's a dark, bleak world in the The Immortality Virus. I had thought maybe Ms. Amsden should have put some touches of lightness by showing positive aspects of living hundreds of years. But maybe there's really not many to be found. After all, as the band Queen asks, "Who wants to live forever?"
EvieSeo More than 1 year ago
The Immortality Virus is a dark dystopian Science Fiction novel by Christine Amsden. It's an action-packed, fast-paced and thrilling book, spiced up with mystery and sprinkled with a tiny bit of romance. Everything is perfectly balanced, making this book a great treat for every Science Fiction fan. The story takes place in the far future, sometime around the year 2450, which is 400 hundred years after The Change, an event that caused people to stop aging and dying from natural causes. The world is in chaos. People are forced to live on the streets. They're dying from cold and hunger or they end up being slaves on the farms outside the city. The planet is overpopulated, the Rebellions are bombing public places, in hope to kill as many people as possible. It's a dark, violent and deeply depressing world, in which only the rich people, The Establishment, can live a long and healthy life. Everyone else lives in constant fear and poverty. Grace Harper, the heroin of this story, is a private investigator, who once worked for Kansas City Police Department. Many years ago she saved a female reporter from being killed by two vagrants, killing one of the attackers in the process. Unfortunately for Grace, as it later turned out, the "vagrant" he killed was actually a son of one of the wealthiest people in Kansas City, and, as we all know, people like that have the power and connections to easily get anyone killed. She was lucky enough not to get a death sentence, but her carrier was undeniably over. Grace was officially blacklisted, which meant she would never be able to get a legitimate job for any company owned by The Establishment or the government. The story starts with Grace being offered an investigation job, by a CEO of a Medicorp company, Matt Stanton. Mr. Stanton wants Grace to find Jordan Lacklin, a scientists who once worked for Medicorp. He was working on a cure for Alzheimer's disease for his wife, who was diagnosed with it. In the process, he discovered that aging, linked to all kinds of conditions, including Alzheimer's, was caused by humans own generic structure and that it could be turned off. Not long after this discovery Jordan disappeared without a trace and the humanity stopped aging. Matt offers Grace a very generous amount of money for finding Jordan and bringing him back to Medicorp, so that, as he claims, he could ask him to reverse the effects of the "immortality virus". Grace, knowing that refusal equals death, accepts the offer and agrees to take the job. With that starts a thrilling roller-coaster ride, filled with danger, mystery, life-threatening events and unexpected twists and turns, all leading to a bone-chilling and surprising conclusion. It took me 4 days to finish the book. Not because it wasn't engaging enough or it failed to hold my interest, not at all! Quite to the contrary, I was very captivated by the story, to the point that I often found myself just sitting in the room, and pondering upon the issues raised by this amazing book. It made me wonder how our lives would look like if we really managed to stop the aging process completely? What would happen to the human race, to the Earth? How would this affect us? Christine's book is so brilliantly written that I found myself totally absorbed in the world of 2450. It was a disturbing and disquieting read, a delicious dystopian treat! I would recommend this book to all Science Fiction and dystopian fans, you